Professor Maria Maynard, Professor

Professor Maria Maynard

Professor

Maria Maynard is Professor of Health Inequalities, specialising in the patterning of health by ethnicity and migrant status. Her interests include how racism and other structural discrimination and exclusion shape physical and mental health and their intersections.

Maria joined the university as Lecturer 2013 and is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and presents her work internationally.

Maria leads the Migrant Health Research group in the School of Health, and the Tackling Inequalities theme of the Obesity Institute at Leeds Beckett. Core projects include Health Connections, a community-based diet, physical activity and healthy weight intervention for UK Black and South Asian adults; FOODEY focussing on ethnic patterning of type 2 diabetes; and the MRC DASH longitudinal study of health of young people from diverse ethnic groups. Maria is also the UK lead of a multidisciplinary and multiagency network funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund conducting projects addressing malnutrition, urban renewal and sustainable livelihoods among vulnerable women and their children in Ghana and Nigeria. She is Chair of the University’s Race Equality and Diversity Forum.

Current Teaching

Maria integrates her research into teaching and learning in dissertation and nutritional epidemiology modules for undergraduate and post-graduate students. She also supervises several PhD students conducting projects among migrant/ ethnic minority populations in the UK and in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Proposals from prospective students interested in research within the areas detailed below are welcome.

Research Interests

Maria’s work draws attention to and includes those communities which are underrepresented in, and underserved by, public health research. Areas of particular interest include type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, respiratory health and psychological wellbeing. Her activities make a significant contribution to bringing ethnic inequalities into the mainstream, in line with current public health and political priorities. Her overall grant income totals over £2M, and as a senior programme scientist in the Ethnicity & Health programme, MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, contributed to securing over £3.8M of core MRC funding for the programme 2003-2013.

Her research approach combines epidemiological and sociological methods and encompasses a range of theoretical lenses. Within an overarching inequalities framework, she applies community-based participatory research, behaviour change and socio-ecological theories. This approach also acknowledges the importance of class, gender and wider social, economic and environmental conditions which, taken together, shape differences in health status, health related behaviours and access to healthcare. Intersecting with this multiplicity of factors, the role of ethnic inequalities, as a key driver of health inequalities, is a central feature of her work. Her activities are built on community links established over time, providing access to wide-reaching networks that are trusted among their local populations. Maria's methodological expertise includes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to developing health improvement interventions for child, adolescent and adult populations.

Professor Maria Maynard, Professor

Ask Me About

  1. Migrant health
  2. Deprivation
  3. Health
  4. Nutrition

Selected Outputs

  • Maynard M; Apekey TA; Kime N; Walsh D; Simpson E; Copeman J (2018) Views on risk, prevention and management of type 2 diabetes among UK Black Caribbeans. In: 1st world congress on migration, ethnicity, race and health, 16 May 2018 - 19 May 2018, EICC, Edinburgh.

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  • Simpson E; Maynard M (2018) Christian beliefs and views on type 2 diabetes prevention and management among UK Black African-Caribbean adults. In: BDA Research Symposium,, 6 December 2017, Birmingham, UK.

  • Goff L; Silva MJ; Bordoli C; Enayat ZE; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Harding S (2017) Longitudinal associations of skipping breakfast with ethnicity and cardiometabolic risk: the Determinants of Adolescence, now young Adults, Social well-being and Health Study (DASH). In: Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, 10 July 2017 - 12 July 2017.

    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665117003305

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  • Elzahaf R; Anabela S; Maynard M; Tashani OA (2017) A Meta-analytic review of the prevalence of neuropathic pain in the general population of the global south compared to the global north. In: British Pain Society, 3 May 2017 - 5 May 2017, Birmingham, UK.

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  • Maynard M (2017) “You don't really have the same environment, it’s not the same”: Exploring views on food, place and risk of type 2 diabetes among Black Caribbeans in the United Kingdom. In: Apekey T; Kime N; Copeman J eds. 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference, 27 April 2017 - 29 April 2017, Georgetown, Guyana.

    https://www.mona.uwi.edu/fms/wimj/vol-66-suppl-1-caribbean-public-health-agency-2017

  • Harding S; Read U; Molaodi O; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Astell-Burt T; Teyhan A; Whitrow M (2015) The determinants of young adult social well-being and health (DASH) study: the influence of parenting and religious involvement on mental health. In: Caribbean Public Health Agency: 60th Annual Scientific meeting, University of West Indies, Kingston Jamaica. University of the West Indies.

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  • Maynard M; Harding S (2008) Psychological well-being scores in adolescents from minority ethnic groups in relation to perceived quality of parenting. In: Caribbean Health Research Council 53rd Annual Council and Scientific Meetings, Suriname. University of the West Indies.

  • Maynard M; Harding S (2007) Does family process explain favourable psychological well-being scores in adolescents from minority ethnic groups in the MRC DASH study?. In: Society for Social Medicine, Cork. BMJ Publishing Group.

  • Maynard M; Harding S; Minnis H (2005) Psychological wellbeing and family type among Black Caribbean and Black African adolescents in the DASH Study. In: Society for Social Medicine Annual Conference, Glasgow. BMJ Publishing Group.

  • Harding S; Maynard M; Cruickshank JK; Gray L (2005) Blood pressure and its determinant in Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian and Caucasian adolescents in the MRC DASH study in Britain. In: Caribbean Health Research Council annual conference, Tobago. University of the West Indies.

  • Maynard M; Harding S; Minnis H (2005) Psychological well-being in Black Caribbean, Black African and White adolescents in the UK MRC DASH Study. In: Caribbean Health Research Council 53rd Annual Council and Scientific Meetings, Tobago. University of the West Indies.

  • Maynard M; Gunnell DJ; Emmett P; Frankel SJ; Davey Smith G (1999) Childhood diet and cancer in adulthood - a 60 year follow up study based on the Boyd Orr cohort. In: Society for Social Medicine, Sheffield. BMJ Publishing Group.

  • Apekey T; Maynard MJ; Kittana M; Kunutsor SK (2022) Comparison of the Effectiveness of Low Carbohydrate Versus Low Fat Diets, in Type 2 Diabetes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Nutrients, 14 (20),

    https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14204391

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  • Karamanos A; Mudway I; Kelly F; Beevers SD; Dajnak D; Elia C; Cruickshank JK; Lu Y; Tandon S; Enayat E (2021) Air pollution and trajectories of adolescent conduct problems: the roles of ethnicity and racism; evidence from the DASH longitudinal study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 56 (11), pp. 2029-2039.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-021-02097-7

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  • Elia C; Karamanos A; João Silva AM; O’Connor M; Lu Y; Dregan A; Maynard M; Harding S (2020) Weight misperception and mental health from adolescence to young adulthood: longitudinal study of an ethnically diverse UK cohort. BMC Public Health, 20

    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-08823-1

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  • Madden A; Mashanova A; Amirabdollahian F; Ghuman S; Makda M; Collinson A; Dean F; Hirsz M; Lennie S; Maynard M (2020) Improved prediction equations for estimating height in adults from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Clinical Nutrition, 39 (5), pp. 1454-1463.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2019.06.007

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  • Maynard M; Hendrickson C (2019) Minority men's engagement with health promotion (Boyz2men) : an exploratory cross-sectional study. The Lancet, 394 (S72), pp. S72-S72.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(19)32869-7

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  • Apekey TA; Copeman J; Kime NH; Tashani OA; Kittaneh M; Walsh D; Maynard MJ (2019) Nutrient composition of popularly consumed African and Caribbean foods in the UK. Foods, 8 (10),

    https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8100500

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  • Goff L; Huang P; Silva MJ; Bordoli C; Enayat EZ; Molaodi OR; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Harding S (2019) Associations of dietary intake with cardiometabolic risk in a multi-ethnic cohort: a longitudinal analysis of the Determinants of Adolescence, now young Adults, Social well-being and Health (DASH) study. British Journal of Nutrition

    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114519000291

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  • Huang P; O’Keeffe M; Elia C; Karamanos A; Goff L; Maynard M; Cruickshank J; Harding S (2019) Fruit and vegetable consumption and mental health across adolescence: evidence from a diverse urban British cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 16 (19),

    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0780-y

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  • Apekey T; Copeman J; Kime N; Tashani O; Kittaneh M; Walsh D; Maynard M (2019) Methods of producing new nutrient data for popularly consumed multi ethnic foods in the UK. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 78 (2019), pp. 9-18.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2019.01.011

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  • Harding S; Elia C; Huang P; Atherton C; Covey K; Cole E; O’Donnell G; Almughamisi M; Read U; Dregan A (2018) Global cities and cultural diversity: challenges and opportunities for young people’s nutrition. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 77 (4),

    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665118000472

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  • Maynard M; Baker G; Harding S (2017) Exploring childhood obesity prevention among diverse ethnic groups in schools and places of worship: recruitment, acceptability and feasibility of data collection and intervention components. Preventive Medicine Reports, 6 pp. 130-136.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.02.019

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  • Maynard M (2017) Faith-based Institutions as Venues for Obesity Prevention. Current Obesity Reports, pp. 1-7.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-017-0257-8

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  • El Tumi H; Johnson MI; Dantas PBF; Maynard MJ; Tashani OA (2017) Age-related changes in pain sensitivity in healthy humans: A systematic review with meta-analysis. European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), 21 (6), pp. 955-964.

    https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1011

  • Hall C; Maynard M; Hardaker R (2016) Attitudes of parents towards the ‘Fit Together’ childhood obesity prevention programme: a qualitative study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 29 (S1), pp. 50-51.

    https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12367

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  • Harding S; Read UM; Molaodi OR; Cassidy A; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Astell-Burt T; Teyhan A; Whitrow M; Enayat Z (2015) The Determinants of young Adult Social well-being and Health (DASH) study: diversity, psychosocial determinants and health. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50 pp. 1173-1188.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-015-1047-9

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  • Canon H; Maynard M (2015) Comparison of household measure descriptions and food photographs in determining food portion sizes among young adults. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 28 (2), pp. 188-189.

    https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12293

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  • Hoare JTL; Austin K; Maynard M (2014) The Nutritional Content of Main Course Ready-meals Aimed at Children Aged 12 Months to 3 Years. European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety, 4 (3), pp. 277-278.

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  • Maynard M; Baker G; Rawlins E; Harding S (2013) Addressing complexity of context: an exploratory study of childhood obesity prevention among diverse ethnic groups in schools and places of worship. LANCET, 382 pp. 72-72.

  • Astell-Burt TAB; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Whitrow M; Molaodi O; Harding S (2013) Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment. Health and Place, 23 pp. 171-178.

  • Astell-Burt TAB; Maynard M; Lenguerrand E; Whitrow M; Molaodi O; Harding S (2013) Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment. Health and Place, 23 pp. 171-178.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.07.004

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  • Rawlins E; Baker G; Maynard M; Harding S (2013) Perceptions of healthy eating and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of young children and their parents: The DEAL prevention of obesity study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 26 (2), pp. 132-144.

    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01280.x

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  • Astell-Burt T; Maynard MJ; Lenguerrand E; Harding S (2012) Racism, ethnic density and psychological well-being through adolescence: evidence from the Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health longitudinal study. Ethnicity & Health, 17 (1-2), pp. 71-87.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2011.645153

  • Bhui KS; Lenguerrand E; Maynard MJ; Stansfeld SA; Harding S (2012) Does cultural integration explain a mental health advantage for adolescents?. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41 (3), pp. 791-802.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dys007

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  • Maynard MJ; Rosato M; Teyhan A; Harding S (2012) Trends in suicide among migrants in England and Wales 1979-2003. Ethnicity and Health, 17 (1-2), pp. 135-140.

  • Lenguerrand E; Bhui K; Seeromanie H; Maynard M (2011) P1-214 Acculturation, ethnicity and adolescent mental health in the UK: findings from the dash (determinants of adolescent social well-being and health) longitudinal study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65 (Suppl 1), pp. A125-A125.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2011.142976e.7

  • Whitrow MJ; Harding S; Maynard MJ (2010) The influence of parental smoking and family type on saliva cotinine in UK ethnic minority children: a cross sectional study. BMC Public Health, 10 (1),

    https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-262

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  • Maynard MJ; Harding S (2010) Perceived parenting and psychological well-being in UK ethnic minority adolescents. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36 (5), pp. 630-638.

    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01115.x

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  • Harding S; Whitrow M; Lenguerrand E; Maynard M; Teyhan A; Cruickshank JK; Der G (2010) Emergence of Ethnic Differences in Blood Pressure in Adolescence. Hypertension, 55 (4), pp. 1063-1069.

    https://doi.org/10.1161/hypertensionaha.109.142935

  • Baker G; Maynard M; Rawlins E; Harding S (2010) Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: The DEAL study. Obesity Reviews, 11 (Suppl 1), pp. 456-456.

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  • Maynard MJ; Harding S (2010) Ethnic differences in psychological well-being in adolescence in the context of time spent in family activities. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45 (1), pp. 115-123.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-009-0047-z

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  • Maynard M; Baker G; Rawlins E; Anderson A; Harding S (2009) Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: The DEAL (DiEt and Active Living) study. BMC Public Health, 9 (480),

    https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-9-480

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  • Maynard MJ; Blane D (2009) Dietary assessment in early old age: Experience from the Boyd Orr cohort. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 63 (SUPPL. 1), pp. S58-S63.

    https://doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2008.66

  • Harding S; Maynard MJ; Cruickshank K; Teyhan A (2008) Overweight, obesity and high blood pressure in an ethnically diverse sample of adolescents in Britain: The Medical Research Council DASH study. International Journal of Obesity, 32 (1), pp. 82-90.

    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0803662

  • Harding S; Teyhan A; Maynard MJ; Cruickshank JK (2008) Ethnic differences in overweight and obesity in early adolescence in the MRC DASH study: The role of adolescent and parental lifestyle. International Journal of Epidemiology, 37 (1), pp. 162-172.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dym252

  • Maynard MJ; Harding S; Minnis H (2007) Psychological well-being in Black Caribbean, Black African, and White adolescents in the UK Medical Research Council DASH study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 42 (9), pp. 759-769.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-007-0227-7

  • Harding S; Whitrow M; Maynard MJ; Teyhan A (2007) Cohort profile: The DASH (Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health) Study, an ethnically diverse cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology, 36 (3), pp. 512-517.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dym094

  • Frobisher C; Tilling K; Emmett PM; Maynard M; Ness AR; Davey Smith G; Frankel SJ; Gunnell DJ (2007) Reproducibility measures and their effect on diet-cancer associations in the Boyd Orr cohort. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 61 (5), pp. 434-440.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2006.046524

  • Maynard M; Gunnell D; Ness AR; Abraham L; Bates CJ; Blane D (2006) What influences diet in early old age? Prospective and cross-sectional analyses of the Boyd Orr cohort. European journal of public health., 16 (3), pp. 316-324.

  • Maynard M; Gunnell D; Ness AR; Abraham L; Bates CJ; Blane D (2006) What influences diet in early old age? Prospective and cross-sectional analyses of the Boyd Orr cohort. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 16 (3), pp. 315-323.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cki167

  • Harding S; Maynard M; Cruickshank K; Gray L (2006) Anthropometry and blood pressure differences in Black Caribbean, African, South Asian and White adolescents: The MRC DASH study. Journal of Hypertension, 24 (8), pp. 1507-1514.

  • Ness AR (2005) Diet in childhood and adult cardiovascular and all cause mortality: the Boyd Orr cohort. Heart, 91 (7), pp. 894-898.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/hrt.2004.043489

  • Maynard M; Ness AR; Abraham L; Blane D; Bates C; Gunnell DJ (2005) Selecting a healthy diet score: lessons from a study of diet and health in early old age (the Boyd Orr cohort). PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 8 (3), pp. 321-326.

    https://doi.org/10.1079/PHN2004679

  • Gunnell D (2004) Does the misreporting of adult body size depend upon an individual's height and weight? Methodological debate. International Journal of Epidemiology, 33 (6), pp. 1398-1399.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyh301

  • Blane D; Abraham L; Gunnell D; Maynard M; Ness A (2003) Background influences on dietary choice in early old age. Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 123 (4), pp. 204-209.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/146642400312300408

  • Gunnell D; Oliver SE; Peters TJ; Donovan JL; Persad R; Maynard M; Gillatt D; Pearce A; Hamdy FC; Neal DE (2003) Are diet-prostate cancer associations mediated by the IGF axis? A cross-sectional analysis of diet, IGF-I and IGFBP-3 in healthy middle-aged men. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER, 88 (11), pp. 1682-1686.

    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6600946

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  • Maynard M; Gunnell D; Emmett P; Frankel S; Davey Smith G (2003) Fruit, vegetables, and antioxidants in childhood and risk of adult cancer: the Boyd Orr cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health, 57 (3), pp. 218-225.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.57.3.218

  • Maynard M (2002) Healthy diet at post-retirement ages: A life course perspective. Journal of The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 122 (3), pp. 142-143.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/146642400212200304

  • Kemp M (2000) How accurate is self reported birth weight among the elderly?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 54 (8), pp. 639-639.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.54.8.639

  • Gunnell D; Berney L; Holland P; Maynard M; Blane D; Frankel S; Smith GD (2000) How accurately are height, weight and leg length reported by the elderly, and how closely are they related to measurements recorded in childhood?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, 29 (3), pp. 456-464.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/29.3.456

  • Wright C; Frankel SJ; Gunnell DJ; Peters TJ; Maynard M; Smith GD (1998) Childhood energy intake and adult mortality from cancer. BMJ, 317 (7155), pp. 414-414.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7155.414a

  • Frankel S; Gunnell DJ; Peters TJ; Maynard M; Smith GD (1998) Childhood energy intake and adult mortality from cancer: the boyd orr cohort study. BMJ, 316 (7130), pp. 499-504.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7130.499

  • Maynard M (2017) 'Good for the head,good for the heart' community health programme for Black Caribbeans and Black Africans: Report [Online].

  • Harding S; Maynard M; Adamson A; Anderson A; Mutrie N; Petticrew M; Baker G; Rawlins E (2011) Final report: obesity in ethnic minority children and adolescents - developing acceptable parent and child-based interventions in schools and places of worship [Online]. London: The Public Health Research Consortium.

    Available from: http://phrc.lshtm.ac.uk/project_2005-2011_b607.html

  • Maynard M (2000) Diet in childhood and risk of adult cancer. [PhD Thesis]. University of Bristol.

  • Maynard M (2015) Considerations for including different populations in nutrition research. In: Lovegrove J; Sharma S; Hodson L ed. Nutrition research methodologies. Wiley, pp. 123-140.